HC Deb 19 August 1881 vol 265 c363

asked the President of the Board of Trade, If it is not the fact that by the thirty-fourth section of "The Waterford and New Ross Harbour Act, 1874," all the rights, privileges, and powers vested in the Corporation of Waterford by statute, royal charter, or otherwise, have been reserved entire, as if that Act had not been passed; if it is not the fact that by section thirty of "The Waterford and Limerick Railway Act, 1878," all the rights, privileges, and powers of the said Corporation are saved and reserved; and, if, having regard to the grant by several Royal Charters of the foreshores of the River Suir to the Corporation of Waterford, he will direct the Board of Trade to refrain from interfering with the rights of the Corporation to the said foreshore by attempting to make conveyances of any part thereof, or by demanding payment for the erection thereon of piers, harbours, &c.?


, in reply, said, he believed the statement contained in the first two paragraphs of the hon. Member's Question was correct. Differences had arisen between the Corporation of Waterford and the Waterford and Limerick Railway Company, arising out of a legal question, on which he was not competent to pronounce an opinion. Under the Crown Lands Act of 1866, in such cases as these the parties who felt aggrieved should, in the first instance, make their complaint to the Board of Trade and state their case; and if the Corporation of Waterford would take that course the matter would receive the most careful consideration.